We've looked at some of the best dive sites in the UK, USA and Europe, but today we will be delving into some of the greatest dive sites that South America has to offer. The continent has a wealth of tropical reefs and vibrant life that will entice any scuba diver.
VALDES PENINSULA - ARGENTINA
This nature reserve is listed as a world heritage site and is a must for nature lovers. Whales and orcas can be seen here and are a magnificent sight to behold. But what makes this place truly fun is the playful sea lions, who will happily approach you. You can also see fur and elephant seals as well as penguins.
LOS ROQUES – VENEZUELA
Los Roques archipelago consists of 350 islands and is located off the coast of Venezuela. This national park only has a limited population, which has meant that the area remains in an immaculate condition. There is such an abundant of marine life to impress even the experienced diver. It's also a great location as it has something for everyone with caverns, steep coral cliffs and shallow reefs. And with its crystal clear blue waters you will be able to see an incredible underwater ecosystem.
MALPELO ISLAND – COLOMBIA
Diving in this remote location is very limited as conservationists do not want to greatly disturb the beautiful marine ecosystem. However this is one of the finest places to spot sharks, here you can see up to 33 different species. Witnessing large schools of hammerheads and silky sharks is an incredible sight and must be witnessed in person. Over 760 species of fish also circle the island so there is a wide variety of marine life you might encounter. Currents can be challenging at this spot, so advanced open water certification is mandatory.
THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS - ECUADOR
Located off the west coast of Ecuador are the famous Galapagos Islands. These volcanic islands are renowned for their diverse array of sea creatures, some of which are unique only to these islands. This national park is a must for any scuba diver as it has such a densely populated marine life. You can meet a sundry of sharks including schools of hammerheads, curious whale sharks, silky and Galapagos sharks. You will get up close with sea lions, sea turtles, penguins and even diving iguanas.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA - BRAZIL
Frequently touted as one of the best dive sites in the world, this archipelago is located off the North East coast of Brazil. Named as Brazil's first marine park, the island's natural beauty is highly protected. Tourism is restricted and only a few thousand people inhabit the islands to preserve the beautiful environment. The warm waters have crystal clear visibility that is above 40 metres.
You will see an incredible wealth of underwater life here with well over 200 types of fish species and coral. This includes stingrays, turtles, sharks and dolphins. The volcanic waters also have a number of incredible wrecks, which are considered to be some of the best in the world.
What do you think to our list? Have you dived any of these locations?